Obama Tilts Federal Judiciary Back Toward Democrats
WASHINGTON The federal judiciary long the province and priority of Republicans is turning more Democratic.
The number of active federal judges named by Democratic presidents will draw even Friday with the number named by Republicans, following two retirements. The next of President Obama's nominees to be confirmed by the Senate will tilt the balance in Democrats' favor; that majority will grow for the remainder of his term.
The trend is particularly noteworthy at the appeals courts, 10 of which had a majority of Republican appointees by the end of George W. Bush's presidency. Although the Supreme Court remains 5-4 in Republicans' favor, judges named by Democratic presidents now dominate seven appeals courts, and two more are split down the middle.
"It is an important milestone," says Kathryn Ruemmler, the White House counsel. "It is a good indicator that the president is making his mark on the courts."
The federal courts particularly the 13 appeals courts often set precedents in areas ranging from national security and economic regulation to abortion, immigration, voting rights, affirmative action, gun control and gay marriage.
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Circuit - Republican/Democrat/Vacancy
1st - 2 / 3 / 1 (nominations pending in Senate: 1)
2nd - 5 / 8 / 0
3rd - 5/ 7/ 2
4th - 5 / 10 / 0
5th - 10 / 5 / 2
6th - 10 / 5 / 1
7th - 7 / 3 / 1
8th - 8 / 3 / 0
9th - 9 / 18 / 2 (nominations pending in Senate: 2)
10th - 5 / 5/ 2 (nominations pending in Senate: 2)
11th - 4 / 5 / 3 (nominations pending in Senate: 1)
DC - 4 / 4 / 3 (nominations pending in Senate: 3)
Federal - 5 / 7/ 0
Note: The numbers up above do not include the semi-retired judges that continue to serve on senior status and hear cases from time to time.
Note: The list above does NOT include 'district court judges'.
More info on the links below...
democrats are behind by a huge margin, but it's sure is looking good.
Thanks for posting those numbers and links.
I had to make two changes in the LIST ABOVE.
We've lost 'one' dem judge in the 6th Circuit, and 'one' dem judge in the 11th Circuit due to them going into semi-retirement.
And below is a list of the number of Circuit Judges by GENDER - in my opinion we still need many more women
Circuit - Male / Female
1st - 3/2
2nd - 9/4
3rd - 10/2
4th - 11/4
5th - 9/6
6th - 8/7
7th - 6/4
8th - 9/2
9th - 18/9
10th - 9/1
11th - 8/1
D.C - 5/3
FED - 8/4